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Research Methods in Child Welfare

Research Methods in Child Welfare

by Amy J. L. Baker, Benjamin Charvat


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231141307
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2008
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amy J. L. Baker is director of research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection at the New York Foundling and the author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties That Bind (2007), which was featured in the New York Times. She is the author or coauthor of more than seventy peer-reviewed publications and five other books. Her website is

Benjamin S. Charvat is a senior program manager at the New York City Department of Education and adjunct assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. For more than a decade, he has taught research methods, program evaluation, and advanced social policy in children and families.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword, by Christine James-Brown
1. Introduction to Child Welfare Research
Part 1. Planning and Developing Research Studies
2. The Philosophy and Logic of Research
3. Ethical Considerations
4. Problem Formulation
5. Sampling Theory
Part 2. Design Strategies
6. Single-System Design
7. Group Designs
8. Using Existing Data
Part 3. Measurement Strategies
9. Measurement Theory and Measure Selection
10. Surveys
11. Case Studies
12. Focus Groups
13. In-Depth Interviews
Part 4. Data Analysis and Writing Up and Sharing Research Results
14. Data Analysis Techniques
15. Dissemination of Research Findings
Part 5. Special Topics in Agency Practice
16. Continuous Quality Improvement in Agency Practice
17. Agency-Based Program Evaluation
18. Final Thoughts
Classroom Discussion and Activities
Glossary 1. Social Science Research Methods Terms
Glossary 2. Child Welfare Practice and Policy Terms

What People are Saying About This

Christine James-Brown

The Child Welfare League of America supports the goal of this book—to inform child welfare practitioners, researchers, and policymakers about issues related to research in a child-welfare-specific context. This book will be of value to both the private and public child welfare sectors and will assist us all in better serving vulnerable children and families.

Trudy Festinger

This book is long overdue. The content addresses child welfare research in a very comprehensive way, including the planning and development of studies, design strategies, measurement strategies, data analysis and dissemination, and the application of research to agency practice. All of this material is presented in a clear and readable form and contains numerous practice scenarios and brief reviews of the literature on various topics. Readers will not only be better informed about child welfare research methods but will become wiser in planning, conducting, and using such research. This book is a much-needed addition to the literature of social work research methods and a most valuable resource for researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in the field.

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